I recently had an employee take over a class that I was unable to teach anymore. He was an amazing instructor but, he was over weight. The class went from averaging 16 participants to 3 participants. I had a few members comment on his weight and make it known that is why they would not attend that class anymore. Is it okay for clientel to be biased about their instructors/trainers?
Absolutely, Unequivocally, Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt!
If you don’t look the part, then you’re chasing pavement in this industry. That’s not to say that you have to be 3% bodyfat or look unnatural or intimidating, but you should at least be able to outperform your client 98% of the time. That’s not saying you should compete with your client (unless that’s the motivational style that works best for that client), but you have to be able to maintain your composure after high intensity bouts so that you can effectively motivate your clients to move forward and push the limits!
Like a good friend once said to me, “It ain’t right, but I understand.”